Apr 6, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros owner Jim Crane throws out the first pitch before a game against the Colorado Rockies at Minute Maid Park on Opening Day. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
The Houston Astros have started their search for their next manager, as owner Jim Crane said the club has begun the interview process, reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com:
Astros owner Jim Crane says team has began interviewing managerial candidates. List is 6-8 guys.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) September 10, 2012
Crain said the team is currently eyeing six-to-eight candidates for the job, adding that Houston hopes to narrow the list to two or three at a later date.
The Astros fired manager Brad Mills in the middle of August and have since turned to former Triple-A skipper Tony DeFrancesco to lead the club. DeFrancesco is a candidate to shed his interim tag and become the team’s next full-time manager, but there have been several other possible hires tossed around since Mills was relieved of his duties.
At the end of last month, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com listed eight potentials the Astros are likely to consider, including Jim Riggleman, Joey Cora, Chris Maloney, Jose Oquendo, Mike Maddux, Tim Bogar, Joe McEwing and Joe Pettini.
At 44-97, Houston currently sports the league’s worst record by a wide margin, as they’re the only club that has yet to reach the fifty-win-plateau.